Ousted Thailand PM appeals arrest warrant

[JURIST] A lawyer for ousted Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra on Wednesday filed an appeal against an arrest warrant issued Tuesday on charges of terrorism. Thaksin is accused of involvement in the the recent political violence in Bangkok, as the figurehead of the pro-democracy protesters known as the red shirts. Thaksin’s lawyer was accompanied by two additional red shirt leaders, who have sworn they will testify that Thaksin was not involved in any acts of terrorism if the court chooses to hear the appeal. The red shirts’ protests in the capital’s central commercial district paralyzed the country for the past two months, and Thaksin has been repeatedly accused of organizing and financing the campaign. The former prime minster was removed from power in 2006 by a military coup and has been living abroad in Cambodia where the government has refused to extradite him to Thailand for criminal prosecution. The Thai government hopes that the official charge of terrorism will make foreign governments more malleable in their extradition policies.

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